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New Years Resolution – Update Your Lightroom Metadata Template

New Years Resolution – Update Your Lightroom Metadata Template

Hi Friends.  The start of a new year is a great reminder for many things.  With the celebrations behind us, and hopefully a full photography calendar ahead, now is a good time to update our Adobe Lightroom metadata template!  Here’s how: In Lightroom, from the Metadata menu, choose “Edit Metadata Presets…” If you have a metadata preset that […]

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How To Create a Watermark in Adobe Lightroom

How To Create a Watermark in Adobe Lightroom

Hi Friends, Most of you know I watermark EVERYTHING that I put online.  We could discuss the pros and cons of watermarking (branding, way for people to find you, identifies the image as yours in a visible way, gets in the way of appreciating the image, etc.), but that’s not the point of this post. […]

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Three Tips for Setting Up Photoshop – Tweaking Your Preferences

Three Tips for Setting Up Photoshop – Tweaking Your Preferences

Hi Friends, The beauty of Photoshop is that it’s infinitely configurable to the way you like to work – customizable floating panels, custom keyboard shortcuts, and more.  You can even save your own customized workspaces – different arrangements for specific editing tasks. I’m often asked how I have my version of Photoshop configured.  Frankly, I […]

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High-Speed Sync How-To: My First Article for SLR Lounge

High-Speed Sync How-To: My First Article for SLR Lounge

Hi Friends, I’m a big fan of off camera flash, and use it extensively in outdoor and harsh lighting situations.  I’ve authored an article on the topic for SLR Lounge.  Check it out at: http://www.slrlounge.com/broad-daylight-flash-sun-high-speed-sync Let me know what you think…? Thanks for dropping by! J

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The Photographer’s Bookshelf – What I’m Reading

Keep on Learning As a photographer and photography/Photoshop instructor, I know from experience that while there’s no substitute for spending quality time with your gear, actually shooting and becoming familiar with it to the point where it is simply an extension of your creative vision. That said, one of the best ways to hone your […]

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DIY Tip: Modifying the Honl Speed Grids Step-by-Step

DIY Tip: Modifying the Honl Speed Grids Step-by-Step

I’m a HUGE fan of David Honl’s hotshoe flash modifiers:  I use his Speed Grids, snoots, gobos, and straps all the time.   The Speed Grid is one of my most oft-used modifiers.  It allows me to constrain the light from my speedlights but gives a lovely feathered edge to the circle of light. I […]

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Five Tips for Better Compositing

Five Tips for Better Compositing

Hi Friends, No question about it – compositing is THE hot technique in Photoshop these days.  It’s a great way to create an image that couldn’t exist otherwise – since subject and background are typically in completely different locations. It’s also a terrific technique for wrangling lighting for large groups that would otherwise be difficult […]

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More Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 2)

More Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 2)

With summer upon us and travel plans in the making, wouldn’t it be great if you had a few tricks in your bag for bringing home better digital memories of your trip?  In our last post, we covered a few tips for better landscape photography.  If you missed our first post on improving your landscape […]

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Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 1)

Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 1)

  There’s just something about venturing out in nature with the challenge of capturing some of the amazing beauty of creation: waiting patiently for the perfect opportunity, all the while appreciating the moment-by-moment changes in the scenery as sun and clouds trek across the sky. Over the next couple posts, I’ll offer a few photography tips […]

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New Camera? Overwhelmed?  Start here…

New Camera? Overwhelmed? Start here…

Hi Friends, As a photography instructor, I frequently encounter folks who are simply overwhelmed by the options available on their digital cameras: exposure modes (full auto, program auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual); scene modes (nighttime portrait, sunny mountain ski slope, running man, cute cat playing piano for YouTube, etc.); ISO;  flash modes…the list goes […]

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